At its interim meeting in Maryland llast week, the AMA House of Delegates adopted a series of resolutions that recognize the mistreatment of pain patients and call for restraint in implementing the CDC guideline – particularly as it applies to the agency’s maximum recommended dose of 90mg MME (morphine milligram equivalent units).
This CAN be AMAZING & life changing news, IF it gets into the hands of those who are limiting our doctor’s ability to prescribe opioid pain medication!
These are the FULLY RESOLVED AMA resolutions contained in their report. Resolution 235 is regarding the Misuse of the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids!
Below is the full version of the AMA report. Please see Resolution #235 on pages 24-25.
**** Attention ALL CPP'S ****
Urgent IMMEDIATE Action Needed NOW!
In order to expedite & use this information to our advantage, we need YOU to take the following steps:
We need every single pain patient and advocate to CALL their state and federal representatives including Governors Office, State Medical Board, State Narcotics Board, and State Attorney Generals and ask them for an ACTIVE email address (or their health staffers email) AND tell them to expect an extremely important resolution by the AMA about the CDC Guidelines.
Once you have a list of all the email addresses, please copy & paste the FORM LETTER below to email each of them. A few days after sending the emails, please call back to follow up and confirm that the email was received and forwarded to the correct person or department.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO FIND & CONTACT YOUR STATE AND FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES & GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IS LISTED BELOW FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE:
There are also a couple of other resolutions that refer to prescribing, mostly in regards to Opioid Use Disorder (Methadone specifically) it would benefit everyone to be educated.
1. RESOLVED that our AMA affirms that some patients with acute or chronic pain can benefit from taking opioids at greater dosages than recommended by the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for chronic pain and that such care may be medically necessary and appropriate.
2. RESOLVED that AMA advocate against the misapplication of the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids by pharmacists, health insurers, pharmacy benefit managers, legislatures, and governmental and private regulatory bodies in ways that prevent or limit access to opioid analgesia
3. RESOLVED that our AMA advocate that no entity should use MME (morphine milligram equivalents) thresholds as anything more than guidance, and physicians should not be subject to professional discipline, loss of board certification, loss of clinical privileges, criminal prosecution, civil liability, or other penalties or practice limitations solely for prescribing opioids at a quantitative level above the MME thresholds found in the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids.
Links To Articles:
Tell Congress: Americans have a right to timely access to treatment!
Americans across the country are experiencing significant delays in their access to care due to time-consuming and often unnecessary prior authorization requirements from their health insurance companies. Patients who have spent hard-earned dollars on insurance premiums suddenly find themselves unable to receive necessary medical treatment due to these onerous insurer policies.
The process of prior authorization as it currently stands is overused and inefficient. I urge you to work towards a solution to this problem that will reduce the burdens on both patients and physicians.
The Prior Authorization and Utilization Management Reform Principles created by a coalition representing physicians, medical groups, pharmacists, hospitals, and patients outlines key changes needed to protect patients' access to timely care and reduce administrative hassles for health care professionals. We urge you to review the Principles and include these important concepts in prior authorization reform legislation. Americans have a right to timely access to treatment!
A group within Oregon Health Authority called HERC has been charged with making decisions for all Medicare recipients. They have decided to remove coverage for Pain Medication based on studies that do not meet federal requirements to be considered FACT. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, put 'VbBS/Chronic Pain' in the subject line and tell them what you think of them discrimating against chronic pain patients on Medicaid.
Even though these bills were introduced as a way to help to the portion of our population that suffer from addiction, many of these laws will alter the way our doctors are ALLOWED to practice medicine. These measures will HURT pain patients even further!
CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES NOW!